Prutton issues apology

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David Prutton has issued a sincere apology for his disgraceful reaction to being sent off in the draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

The Southampton midfielder was shown a second yellow card by Alan Wiley and then manhandled the referee as he vented his anger at the decision.

Prutton will be charged with misconduct by The Football Association on Monday and realises that he faces a lengthy suspension.

"I haven't got a leg to stand on," he told Sky Sports News.

"I've looked at, I've thought about it and I've read about it.

"It's an horrendous situation which I've never found myself in before and, hopefully, never will again.

"I need to apologise. Firstly to the ref, who was only doing his job and to the linesman, who was only doing his job.

"[Robert] Pires, I thought had made a meal of it, but, with hindsight, I've seen the pictures and heard about what happened to his leg so I'm incredibly sorry about that.

"I would never go onto the pitch to try and hurt anyone else because I wouldn't expect anyone to do it to me.

"I apologise to the people that saw it. Football nowadays, you get a lot of kids and families going. They don't pay their money to see that kind of thing."

Prutton found it hard to explain his complete lack of composure which resulted in manager Harry Redknapp helping to wrestle him away from the situation.

"To be honest, I can't remember before and afterwards," he insisted. "It's not a cop-out saying it's a bit of a blur. Sometimes you just react to stuff and that was beyond my control but, hopefully in the future, it won't be.

"I was a bit frustrated at the situation because the feeling you get when you are sent off is you are utterly, utterly helpless. You're useless to the team and there's nothing more you can do for that game.

"I felt I'd let my friends down, the team-mates, the management and everyone in the ground too because it was just ludicrous."